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Gaskets and seals are components used in various industries to prevent the leakage of fluids or gases between two joined surfaces. They play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of systems by creating a barrier that prevents the escape of liquids or gases and, in some cases, prevents the entry of contaminants. Here's a brief overview of each:

  1. Gaskets:
    • Function: Gaskets are mechanical seals that fill the space between two or more mating surfaces, generally to prevent leakage from or into the joined objects while under compression.
    • Materials: Gaskets can be made from a variety of materials, including rubber, metal, cork, fiberglass, or a combination of materials. The choice of material depends on the specific application and the properties required (e.g., resistance to temperature, pressure, and chemicals).
    • Applications: Gaskets are commonly used in the automotive industry (in engines and exhaust systems), plumbing, pipelines, and manufacturing equipment where the sealing of joints is critical.
  2. Seals:
    • Function: Seals, like gaskets, are used to prevent the escape of fluids or gases, but they are more general in their application. Seals can be used in rotating or moving parts, such as shafts, to prevent the leakage of lubricants or to keep out contaminants.
    • Types: There are various types of seals, including radial seals, axial seals, lip seals, and O-rings. Each type is designed for specific applications and operating conditions.
    • Materials: Seal materials vary based on the application and may include rubber, silicone, metal, or synthetic materials.

Both gaskets and seals are essential in maintaining the functionality and efficiency of systems, machinery, and equipment by ensuring that fluids and gases are contained within the desired areas and that external elements are kept out. The choice of gaskets and seals depends on factors such as the type of fluid or gas, temperature, pressure, and the specific requirements of the application.

What Are The Different Types Of Gaskets and Seals

  • General-purpose gaskets with excellent resistance to weathering, UV exposure, and ozone.
  • Widely used in outdoor applications due to their durability and flexibility.
  • Good resistance to water, steam, and chemicals.
  • Resistant to weathering, ozone, and aging.
  • Good resistance to oils, chemicals, and moderate temperatures.
  • Commonly used in applications requiring moderate oil resistance.
  • Excellent resistance to oils, fuels, and chemicals.
  • Suitable for applications with petroleum-based fluids.
  • Moderate temperature resistance.
  • High-temperature resistance.
  • Excellent flexibility and low-temperature performance.
  • Good resistance to UV and ozone.

What is a Plastic Gasket?

A plastic gasket is a sealing component meticulously engineered from diverse types of plastics, carefully chosen for their specific characteristics and suitability under particular conditions. Functioning as a barrier between mating surfaces, these gaskets play a pivotal role in preventing the escape of liquids or gases.

Why Use a Gasket?

The multifaceted role of gaskets in engineering and manufacturing cannot be overstated. Their primary objective is to thwart the leakage of fluids or gases between joined surfaces, ensuring the containment of substances within a system. Moreover, gaskets serve as compensators for irregularities in mating surfaces, absorb and dampen vibrations, and provide resistance to extreme temperatures and pressures.

Benefits of Using Gaskets

The advantages offered by gaskets, particularly those crafted from plastic, are diverse and impactful. The inherent versatility of gaskets allows for customization based on specific application needs, rendering them cost-effective solutions in certain contexts. Notably, plastic gaskets are revered for their corrosion resistance, lightweight nature, and adaptability concerning chemical resistance, temperature stability, and flexibility.

Advantages of Gaskets

The merits of employing gaskets in sealing solutions are numerous. Plastic gaskets, when designed thoughtfully, exhibit resistance to a broad spectrum of chemicals, making them ideal for applications in industries with stringent sealing requirements. Additionally, their ability to perform admirably in extreme temperatures and provide electrical insulation adds to their appeal. Furthermore, the ease of installation associated with gaskets contributes significantly to the efficiency of assembly processes in manufacturing.

PTFE Gaskets

Gaskets made for use as Electrical Insulators are produced using materials which do not allow electricity to pass through them, these materials include a number of plastics including PTFE or Polytetrafluoroethylene. PTFE plastic material is a fluorocarbon - which means it’s composed of only carbon and fluorine, natural in colour.

Electrical Insulation Gaskets are used for sealing and insulating in many industries, which can be taken in the form of a strip or pad, but are generally an intricately cut shaped piece of material placed within electrical applications, where they are used to restrict the flow of electric current, by supporting electrical conductors - without allowing the current to pass through.

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Polyethylene Gaskets

EVA PE foam gaskets, whether in strip or pad form, serve as intricately shaped materials to establish low-pressure seals. They prevent liquid or gas leakage and block dust and debris intrusion when compressed.

These gaskets may also feature intricate details like holes and cutouts, created using CNC machines or die-cutting processes. EVA PE foam, a crosslinked Polyethylene foam, undergoes a manufacturing process called crosslinking, rendering it resistant to various substances, including chemicals.

Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is a co-polymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate, known for its fine closed cell structure, impermeable to air and liquids. Crosslinking, combined with EVA additives, results in a lighter, more elastic material with superior stretching and compression recovery. It also boasts a smoother appearance compared to standard PE foam.

Polyurethane Gaskets

Abrasive Resistant  Polyurethane Gaskets can be cut and supplied in the form of a strip or pad, but are generally an intricately cut shaped piece of material placed between two surfaces to create a low-pressure seal preventing the leakage of liquids or gas and to seal against the intrusion of dust and debris.   Abrasion is the term referring to the ‘wear’ caused on material when it comes into physical contact with another object or surface.

Abrasive-resistant Polyurethane gaskets are high-quality products used in physically demanding applications and environments, offering extremely high resilience to wear and tear and used to provide a solution to mechanical impact damage, scraping, grinding and corrosion.   Abrasion is more likely to occur where movement or motion creates friction-induced wear and tear, here is when an abrasion-resistant gasket can be used to provide the best form of surface protection.

Abrasive Resistant Polyurethane Gaskets material is available in Tan, Red, White (FDA) and Black (Snow Plough) varieties, each suited to different applications.   Polyurethane sponge gasketing material or Dynathane is a microcellular, hard-wearing sponge which feels almost like a solid rubber.  It is lightweight, flexible and offers a high impact strength with excellent resistance to abrasion and tearing recognisable by its off-white colour.

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Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Gaskets

PVC Foam (Polyvinyl Chloride) gaskets are made up from a lightweight material, available in a range of grades and colours, each with its own set of unique properties and can be converted into a range of other products. PVC Foam gaskets can take the form of a strip or pad, but are generally an intricately cut shaped piece of material placed between two surfaces to fill gaps and to create a low pressure seal preventing the leakage or ingress of liquids or gas and to seal against the intrusion of dust and debris when under compression.

ASG stock a range of PVC foams in a number of thicknesses ensuring gaskets can be produced within a minimum timeframe and manufactured with a range of finishes including foils, self adhesives or laminated with other materials.

A gasket is a mechanical seal that fills the space between two or more mating surfaces, preventing the escape of fluids or gases under compression. Its primary function is to create a barrier, ensuring the integrity of joints and preventing leaks.

Gaskets are essential in industrial applications to maintain the integrity of systems. They prevent leaks, compensate for surface irregularities, dampen vibrations, and resist extreme temperatures and pressures, ensuring the efficient and safe operation of equipment.

Gaskets can be made from various materials, including rubber (e.g., EPDM, neoprene), metal (e.g., spiral wound, ring joint), compressed fiber (e.g., asbestos-free materials), plastics (e.g., PTFE, polyethylene), and ceramic materials, depending on the specific application requirements.

Selecting the right gasket involves considering factors such as the type of fluid or gas being sealed, temperature, pressure, and the operating environment. Consultation with gasket manufacturers or suppliers can help identify the most suitable material for your specific needs.

Plastic gaskets offer several advantages, including versatility, cost-effectiveness, corrosion resistance, lightweight properties, and the ability to tailor materials for specific chemical resistance, temperature stability, and flexibility requirements.

Yes, certain types of gaskets, such as those made from materials like PTFE or metal, are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and pressures. It is crucial to select a gasket material that matches the specific operating conditions of your application.

Absolutely. Gaskets can be custom-designed to meet the unique requirements of specific applications. Manufacturers often offer customization services to tailor materials, dimensions, and shapes according to the needs of the customer's particular sealing challenge.

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